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On Sunday, May 29, 1927, Patrick Cardinal Hayes, of the Archdiocese of New York of the Roman Catholic Church, traveled to Sullivan County to dedicate the new chapel at St. Joseph’s Seraphic … more
While it would be unfair—and inaccurate-- to say that James W. Burbank got the idea to build Fort Delaware in Narrowsburg because of the popularity of the Walt Disney television production of … more
Of all the 538 hotels of Sullivan County’s Golden Age, none were as innovative as the Laurels Country Club on Sackett Lake. The Laurels, the brainchild of Hyman and Sadie Novick, had started … more
It was April 24, 1966, and Sullivan County’s Golden Age of tourism was beginning to perceptibly slip away when the New York Times ran an article with a Fallsburg dateline about an incongruous … more
It was April of 1777, and America’s War of Independence, which had started almost exactly two years before with the fighting at Lexington and Concord in Massachusetts, had long since reached … more
It was ten years ago this week that fire destroyed the former Brown’s Hotel in Loch Sheldrake in a blaze that was tragic for so many reasons it doesn’t seem to matter whether or not it … more
One of the deadliest battles of the Revolutionary War was fought on a desolate hilltop just north of present day Barryville on July 22, 1779. In terms of the percentage of men killed in relation … more
On May 1, 1777, while attending the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia as the Revolutionary War raged around him, John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail in Massachusetts, that the city was … more
No one seems certain of the origin of the term hoggee, the canal worker, typically a child, who was responsible for taking care of and leading the horses or mules used to tow the boats on the … more
Denise Lombardi is not a native of Sullivan County—she has lived in Hurleyville for just a few years now—but she has developed a real appreciation for the region’s history. The … more
Approximately 40 men have served in the position of County Clerk since Sullivan County was formed in March of 1809, including four of them in the space of less than a year during a particularly … more
Although there were a number of women who distinguished themselves in the earliest days of European settlement in this region, most of their names have been lost to time, and only a few of their … more
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